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Dream Big: Stepping Into Your Power, Passion, and Joy
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”—Howard Thurman
“Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.“—Mahatma Gandhi
What are your deepest dreams for your life, your community, and your Earth home?
I have noticed that after setting my intentions, praying for guidance, and then listening to Spirit, sometimes more is being asked of me. That something more usually feels scary because it often involves an action that is moving me toward unfamiliar territory. Even more frightening for me is that the outcome of the action is unknown—and that can feel terrifying.
Most of us prefer certainty and guarantees. We like to hear that our efforts will reap positive, tangible results. But what if the small steps—taken each day while listening to your heart’s longings—are their own rewards? What in your life would change if you fully lived your dreams?
When your heart and spirit feel tugged in a new direction, not following that inner knowing can feel worse than the fears. It can be emotionally draining to stay stuck when the world yearns for you to step forth and claim your place in this miraculous, evolving Universe of Love.
What actions are you willing to take in pursuit of your dreams?
The next step on your journey toward a dream might seem small to an outside observer. It might involve having an honest conversation with someone significant in your life. It might mean a willingness to say, “I am worthy,” and “I am loved.” It might include releasing old patterns of behavior that don’t promote your wellbeing. It might require surrendering the illusion of control and seeking outside help. It might mean quieting the mental chaos long enough to ask: What makes me truly happy? Not happy in the superficial Hollywood movie sense of the word, but rather happiness in Spirit. Happiness that leaps from your heart because you are following the path calling your soul. Happiness of a loving, unique, whole, authentic you.
We all have to do the work of honoring and healing the vulnerable, tender places in our hearts. But the good news is that as we do so, more space inside opens up. And that is the space to fill with moments that bring you alive and fill you with joy.
May it be so.
In joy & gratitude,
Diana J. Ensign
This entry is one of your best….email me with some of your personal answers to your questions when you have time…blessings of light and love for the New Year….Charlie
Thanks Charlie. It’s always interesting to me to find that balance between “just being” (“breathing”) and that of “action” (or ‘engaged Buddhism’ in Thich Nhat Hanh’s words)…this post falls on the ‘action’ side, which is probably harder for me personally than ‘simply being.’ Glad to let you know how it goes as I step into mindful action. : )